Longs Peak

Name History (Longs Peak)

Title: Naming of Longs Peak

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010

Sources: Hart, J.L.J. (1977). Fourteen thousand feet: A history of the naming and early ascents of the high Colorado peaks (Second Edition). Denver, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club.

Longs Peak and its southern neighbor, Mt. Meeker (13,911 ft.), were called "Nesotaieux" (The Two Guides) by the Arapaho Indians and were known as "Les Deux Orielles" (The Two Ears) by early French fur traders. The mountain takes its name from Major Stephen H. Long (1784-1864), whose expedition made the first recorded sighting of the peak on June 30, 1820.
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